Monthly Archives: October 2013

The U.S. Deficit vs. The People & “Social” Democracy

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This is what the White House sent out this morning. This self-defeating argument can be flipped on its head to justify current cuts and future cuts. On the other side of this graph are its real effects…rising poverty rates and skyrocketing inequality. Why do we prioritize sectors of our economy that will only destroy our future prospects? Why do people we have elected to office continue to play The Deficit Game instead of addressing the country’s problems and correcting our course? Don’t they realize that this is a distraction that only those who do not want to provide opportunity to everyone in our country can utilize to their advantage? Or are Democrats, Independents and progressive Republicans, alike, simply woefully unaware or much worse, incapable, of understanding the issues?

Please take a few moments to read The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes to gain more insight into how we fare against more socially democratic nations and why. In general , our problems stem from our expectations of civil society and government’s role in our lives. We must expect more from ourselves, our public and social infrastructure as well as our government and stop placing our destinies in the hands of the free market and its profiteers. The people’s representatives have to awaken to this fact, inform themselves and educate the public. Our nation and the world need this. Our democracy must become a social one.

Stop playing The Deficit Game.

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He Would Say…

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If Dwight D. Eisenhower were alive today, he would say, “I told you so.”

We feed the military-industrial complex, but don’t feed our kids. We ensure that the military has funding to develop or acquire state of the art equipment, but we refuse to adequately fund public education and scientific research not essential to the military. We fill our ammunition and warheads with depleted uranium while refusing to sanely protect our environment and people. We send our people into glorified war scenarios with questionable wages and benefits and then bring them home to an unknown future with few guarantees of continued support and assistance through the military or our public assistance infrastructure.

We lavishly pay for the ravages of war but maliciously refuse to invest in life.

 

His farewell address in full:

America will make quantum leaps in society when we stop creating wars and conflicts to feed the military-industrial complex.

Let it starve.

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A Letter to Congressman Kevin Yoder

Congressman Yoder,

Why do you continue to misinform your constituents of the true nature of our socio-economic problems? You are doing us a disingenuous and dangerous disservice. For decades, you and like-minded individuals have promoted and disseminated policies and ideologies which force the country to fall further and further behind in key demographic categories of global competitiveness. Why do you and yours promote policies that can only lead to widespread impoverishment and low-wage, low-skilled jobs with no prospects of upward mobility. Such policies are not in the general public’s interests or in the long-term interests of American businesses, large or small.

Countries which have heavily and continuously invested at every level of public education, in universal health care and comprehensive social welfare systems for their citizens are pulling further away from us. This includes newly emerging economies, not just our traditional trading partners in Europe and Asia. You obfuscate facts and obstruct policies that can remedy and improve our economic prospects by presenting half-truths.

Here is a case in point:

Your graph:

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What this graph means:

  • What is debt held by the public? Debt held by the public is the value of all federal securities sold to the public, i.e., investors outside of the federal government. When the government’s spending exceeds its revenue, it must borrow to finance the difference. Thus, debt held by the public essentially represents the amount the federal government has borrowed to finance cumulative cash deficits. This debt is owed to a wide variety of investors, including international investors, domestic private investors, the Federal Reserve, and state and local governments. Source U.S. General Accountability Office

The sentence in bold is the problem and the solution. In the 1980s, we changed the role of government from being the general public’s greatest and most effective advocate to being that of a market tool. As a market tool, government has catered to the “perceived” and short-sighted needs of big business. Ever since we have loyally subscribed to deregulation, union busting, tax reforms for the wealthy and blind faith in “trickle-down economics” and the market’s self-regulation myths, we have increased the Debt Held by the Public.  As a result, we have essentially demonized the proactive role government can and must play in all of our lives and allowed economic inequality to take hold of this nation at the horrific expense of the middle class and all of those below it. Here is the truth behind the graph which you have presented:

Look at and compare the two graphs…

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Source Robert Reich’s Inequality for All, http://robertreich.org/ and http://inequalityforall.com/

Want to do our country a grand service? Rebuild the middle class and offer avenues of opportunity to those living in poverty and near-poverty conditions. You cannot “cut” your way to a healthy and viable economy of the future. You must comprehensively invest in it and its foundation, namely, its people. This argument, by the way, should not even have to be made if one simply does what is right for everyone, especially our most vulnerable.

Educate your constituency, be a part of the solution, be on the right side of history & be a positive representative of humanity:

On the socio-economic needs of a competitive society

A MUST according to Ben Bernanke

What childcare looks like for many Americans

Educational & international competitiveness

Brain drain, cuts & sequestration

Maternal demographic

Why Finland, #1 in global educational demographics, leads in maternal demographics

Why America ranks so low in maternal demographics

How other countries win

The need for universal health care in order to have a globally competitive work force

Address & fight poverty and inequality in our work force

Sarah Raskin on the effects of inequality & government cutbacks on growth

The Price of Inequality

Poverty & U.S. Adults

Poverty Reduces Brain Power

Hard work no longer leads to economic mobility

Recipe for poverty – US leading in low-wage jobs, least worker protections & weakest welfare-state ; also, click on graph was originally published or find the cepr report here (see esp. Lesson 5)

 

Greetings from OP 6-22

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This Supreme Court Majority is Remarkable…in Injustice

Citizens United was not enough to change the game. The next move, that of strengthening state’s rights over federal rights and oversight in the voting arena, was to strike down a key element of the Voting Rights Act this summer. The vacuum created by this action has most recently been filled by Discriminatory Voting Plans in Kansas and Texas’ Move to Disenfranchise Women Voters.

It is disturbing and highly agitating to see Jim Crow legislation being passed throughout the nation to discourage and prevent people from voting. Upon further contemplation, however, the fact that this type of legislation is now overtly, expediently and blatantly being expanded to include more and more groups is actually a reflection of how afraid the traditional power group has become about its voting base. Evidently, there is no one left.

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